Stormy week­end can’t halt ge­ofest

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De­spite the best ef­forts of storm Cal­lum, the third an­nual Ar­ran ge­ol­ogy fes­ti­val re­cently went ahead as planned.

On the Satur­day night, Cor­rie Vil­lage Hall was full and heard Dr Si­mon Cuth­bert’s talk on ‘Ar­ran’s jour­ney through deep time’. In just over an hour, Si­mon gave a highly en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­ca­tional ac­count of Ar­ran’s 600-mil­lion-year ge­o­log­i­cal his­tory.

The au­di­ence in­cluded many who, ear­lier in the day, had braved heavy rain to en­joy one of the ge­ol­ogy walks. High­lights in­cluded see­ing the Arthro­pleura foot­prints, Ar­ran’s only volcano, and the il­lu­sive Hut­ton’s Un­con­for­mity.

Ear­lier, the ge­ofest had opened at the Her­itage Mu­seum with an en­joy­able in­tro­duc­tion to Ar­ran’s ge­ol­ogy from the is­land’s own Stu­art Blake, and it fin­ished on Sun­day with im­proved weather and most of the walks tak­ing place in the rel­a­tively dry con­di­tions.

Some ven­tured into Glen Rosa, and oth­ers vis­ited three ful­gu­rites (fos­silised light­ning strikes) and a newly dis­cov­ered me­tre-long fos­sil on Cor­rie beach.

Over­all, the fes­ti­val was a great suc­cess and, when Ar­ran Geop­ark opens next April, there will be many more events over the year.

En­joy­ing the sun and a ge­ol­ogy walk on Cor­rie shore.

Dr Si­mon Cuth­bert speak­ing in Cor­rie Hall.

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